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Events

I will be presenting the following one-day courses in 2020:  scroll down for details and links to the various organisations, for booking.

PLEASE NOTE the FSC don't issue their course details until the end of October, so the course information is correct, but the links are not!!

Likewise the WFGA dates are still provisional, so the courses don't yet appear on their website.

Any questions, do please feel free to email me on Inquiries@rachel-the-gardener.co.uk.

2020:

Feb:
FSC: Sat 8th, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 29th, Winter Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

March:
WFGA: Sat 7th, How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Grove, Oxfordshire
FSC: Sat 14th, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London

April:
WFGA: Sat 18th,  How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Stone, Staffordshire

May:
FSC: Sat 2nd, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London

July:
FSC: Sat 11th, Summer Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

Sept:

FSC: Sat 12th, Intro to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London





Feb 2020:

FSC - Sat 8th Feb 2020  Winter Tree ID - Bushy Park FSC Centre, London - and
FSC - Sat 29th Feb 2020 Winter Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!



If you can't make either of these dates or locations, check out my book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't.


 March 2020:


On a Saturday in March 2020, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA at Grove, in Oxfordshire. Date to be confirmed.


(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)



We will be based at Grove Village Hall, Oxfordshire - arrive for registration and hot drinks at about 09.15, and I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.


A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

If you live further north, we are repeating this course in Staffordshire in April, and we hope to add an "eastern" location as well.




FSC: Sat 14th March 2020, Conifer ID, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London

If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...



If you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.


April 2020:

On a Saturday in April 2020, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA at Stone Village Hall, in Stafforshire. Date to be confirmed.

(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)





We will be based at Stone Village Hall, Staffordshire - arrive for registration and hot drinks at about 09.15, and I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.

A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

This is a repeat of the course in Grove, Oxfordshire, from March: and we plan to repeat it again somewhere east of Stevenage, for the benefit of people living over on towards the east coast.




May 2020:

FSC: Sat 2nd May 2020, Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London

This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.






We'll be spending as much of the day outside as we can, and you get a copy of the Tree Trail foldout to keep afterwards, which is extremely useful: especially after you've spent the day annotating it!



July 2020:



FSC - Sat 11th July 2020,  Summer Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

A repeat of this one-day course, which is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.




As before, we'll spend as much of the day outdoors as possible, looking at actual trees and putting into operation the skills needed to identify our trees in summer.


Sept 2020:



FSC: Sat 12th Sept 2020, Introduction to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London

"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace), so bring along your copy if you have one:  and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep.





This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.